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International Women’s Day 2024

Feminist Comedy Sketches

Join us for our annual feminist comedy sketches viewing party!

Missed the event but want some laughs? Click here for the Feminist Comedy video playlist and here for some additional laughs!

Women in STEM Panel with Paola Rosenberg, Dr. Katherine Van Heuvelen, Dr. Michelle Edwards, & Dr. Yan Li

About Paola Rosenberg: Paola Rosenberg is a first-generation Latina STEMinist, teacher, and Ph.D. student who leverages her passions for education, science, and technology to empower students and drive positive changes in learning spaces. As an alumna of Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD), she finds immense pride in her ongoing service to the community and returned to her alma mater as a science teacher in 2011. In addition to her role as a classroom educator, Paola champions the development of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway and serves as the Exclusive Pathway AI Coordinator for AUHSD. In these roles, Paola actively cultivates networking opportunities for budding STEMist students by fostering internships with prominent local organizations, such as the CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County (CLAOC) and Ernst & Young (EY).
Amidst the significant challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Paola continues to find innovative ways to support students and teachers. She embarked on an autodidact journey to learn coding languages to equitably enhance her students’ educational experiences. As a result, Paola created a Google web app that concurrently translates Google Slides into multiple languages, making all curricular content accessible to emergent bilingual students.
Paola’s diligence and contributions have been acknowledged by numerous local and national organizations. In 2022, she was nominated as an Orange County Teacher of the Year, and her dedication and innovative spirit were recognized by the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teacher (PAEMST). Furthermore, her journey is a testament to the synergy of education and technology, providing impetus for her future research pursuits exploring the impact of Artificial Intelligence on the future educational landscape.

About Dr. Katherine Van Heuvelen: Katherine Van Heuvelen is a professor of Chemistry at Harvey Mudd College. Her lab draws inspiration from nature to develop new, environmentally friendly catalysts to remediate carcinogenic pollutants. In particular, she and her students design and characterize small model complexes that mimic key geometric and electronic properties of metalloenzyme active sites. In addition to her scholarship in bioinorganic chemistry, she is active in chemical education research with a focus on inclusive teaching. She currently serves as associate dean of faculty, which includes work in faculty development, research and experiential learning, and diversity, and she is the R. Michael Shanahan Professor of Chemistry. In 2018, she was a fellow in the Claremont Faculty Leadership Program, and she received the College’s Outstanding Faculty Member award in 2022. She completed her undergraduate studies at St. Olaf College with a double major in Chemistry and Religion, and she completed her doctoral studies in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she held an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

About Dr. Michelle Edwards: Michelle Edwards completed her undergraduate studies with a BS in Physics and Astronomy from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and earned her PhD in Astronomy from the University of Florida. Her thesis work included extensive involvement with the Canarias InfraRed Camera Experiment (CIRCE), a near-infrared instrument for the 10.4-meter Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC).
Edwards is no stranger to the NOIRLab family. As a Gemini Observatory Science Post-Doctoral Fellow, she acted as project lead during the commissioning of the Gemini South Adaptive Optics Imager (GSAOI), the near-infrared imager for use with Gemini’s state-of-the-art multi-conjugate adaptive optics system, GeMS. In this role, Edwards was responsible for managing GSAOI project resources, writing commissioning plans, interfacing with software, science, and engineering teams, and interacting with the Australian National University (ANU) build team. Edwards was also a member of the instrument team for the mid-infrared imager and spectrograph known as the Thermal-Region Camera Spectrograph (T-ReCS) and acted as a contact scientist and queue observer. During her three years in La Serena, Chile, she executed more than 100 nights of queue observing and nighttime commissioning.
For over nine years, Edwards worked at the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBTO) where she most recently served as the Observing Development and Support Lead. In this role, she managed a team of service observers and scientists, directed science operations project work, and interacted with several layers of external advisory and coordinating bodies. Edwards was also a member of the Observatory Council, the internal managerial body at LBTO, and worked with the Director and other executive leads to craft policy, program plans, and long-term strategies.
As MSO’s Associate Director of KPNO, Edwards oversees operations at KPNO, requiring coordination of various telescopes and teams on the mountain.

Dr. Yan Li: Yan Li is an associate professor at Claremont Graduate University’s Center for Information Systems & Technology (CISAT). After working in the industry as a data scientist, Yan re-oriented her career to academia driven by her intellectual curiosity towards emergent technologies and her passion for building things. Her research focuses on data management and analytics with an emphasis on applying data science to discover knowledge from data to support crucial business decisions. Her other research stream focuses on developing and evaluating information and communication (ICT) artifacts to improve the social well-being of underserved populations in low-resource areas, primarily in the public health and education sectors.
Yan strongly believes in the creation of (ICT) artifacts to solve real-world problems. Therefore, her research philosophy is grounded in design science and quantitative methods with a strong emphasis on impactful and practice-oriented research. Yan’s passion for research is evidenced by the numerous high-quality journal publications and peer-reviewed conference presentations. Yan also believes that service to the community is integral to the well-rounded growth and development of a researcher. Thus, she has traveled to many resource-challenged countries to deploy ICT solutions that make positive social change. To achieve sustainable impact,
Yan co-founded a non-profit organization, Techies without Borders, that aims to bring together like-minded IT professionals and provide an opportunity to use their talent and skills for humanitarian good.
To support her research and scholarly activities, Yan has negotiated numerous research grants with non-profit and for-profit companies and government agencies. These grants not only provide graduate assistantships for CISAT students to conduct data science research, but also enable her to conduct on-the-ground work in real-world settings. Yan is a recipient of the 2023 Fulbright Future Scholar Award for her research project that aims to digitalize cognitive assessment tools for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and related diseases (ADRD).

International Women’s Day 2023

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Feminist Comedy Sketches

  • Description: Join us for our annual feminist comedy sketches viewing party!

Open Lab Event with Guest Speaker Dr. Ivona Hideg

  • Title: Benevolent Sexism and the Gender Gap in Startup Evaluation

Abstract: Women-led startups are evaluated less favorably than men-led startups, but the reasons for this require further investigation. Drawing on ambivalent sexism theory, we predict that evaluators’ benevolent sexist attitudes (which refer to a sense of affection, idealization, and protectiveness toward women) undermines gender equity in startup evaluation. We initially expected benevolent sexism to be negatively related to evaluations of women-led startups. Surprisingly, we found that benevolent sexism is unrelated to evaluations of women-led startups but is positively related to those of men-led startups. We replicate this pattern of findings where men-led startups are advantaged in two additional studies. Our work shows that benevolent sexism is subtly undermining gender equality in startup evaluation by giving a leg up to men while ostensibly not influencing women.

About Dr. Hideg: Ivona Hideg is an Associate Professor and Ann Brown Chair in Organization Studies at the Schulich School of Business at York University. She previously served as an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Organizational Leadership in the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. She holds a Ph.D. in OB/HRM from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and MSc in I/O Psychology from the University of Waterloo.Her main program of research includes workplace diversity, equality, and inclusion. In her work, she focuses on gender, but also examines issues surrounding culture, ethnicity, language, and socio-economic background diversity. She has published in outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Psychological Science, among others. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets including Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, and Globe and Mail. Her work is funded by Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

View Dr. Hideg’s full bio here.




We will kick off the events with a

Feminist sketches watch party

in Stauffer 106 on Tuesday, March 8th at 5:00pm


We will hold two lunch panels* to listen to wonder women of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Consulting!

(*Lunch will not be provided due to COVID restrictions)

Women of Organizational Psychology 

Wednesday March 9th at noon (hybrid: Stauffer 106 and Zoom here)

Anna Woodcock, PhD

Becky Reichard, PhD

Jenn Feitosa, PhD

Larissa (Lacie) Barber, PhD

Lisa Kath, PhD

Women of Organizational Consulting

Thursday March 10th at noon

Angela Mouton, PhD & Monica Montijo, PhD, Montijo Mouton Consulting

Montijo Mouton Consulting is a Management Consulting firm specializing in Executive Search & Assessment (Topgrading/Who methodologies), Strategic Human Capital, and Organizational Development. They work with C-suite leaders to recruit, develop, and retain outstanding talent, and to build high performing, thriving companies (acting as Chief People Officer as required). Notable human capital clients have included AlixPartners, VSS, NewSpring Capital, Plexus Capital, Cimarron Healthcare Capital, Centroid, Teachable, Denny’s, PlayStation, Dave & Buster’s, Workboard, Argyle, and many international law firms, SMEs and startups worldwide.


We ended the week with a space to create a community around DEI research with our

Half-Baked Symposium for Half-Baked DEI Ideas

Friday March 11th 11:00am-1:00pm in Stauffer 106

Are you thinking about conducting DEI research but don’t have your ideas fully baked yet?  Well this is the symposium for you!  In this “half-baked” symposium, we will create a space to share emerging and developing ideas, brainstorm, and develop a deeper community around DEI research. All are welcome to attend, presenters will be asked to fill out the short entry form with a brief abstract (as in ugly draft form of an abstract) of your idea. We will leave the format of this event fluid until we are more clear on attendance.

All the  events are open to the public and hosted by the WW Lab.